Free Event: Land Management Forum

You’re invited to a free Sustainable Land Management Forum, hosted by the City of Whittlesea, Mitchell Shire Council and Hume City Council. This years’ forum will see a collection of presentations (and a couple of demonstrations) covering the topics you asked for. Including:

  • Land Management Planning: Healthy Hectares (presented by Euroa Arboretum)
  • Serrated Tussock Identification & Management (Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party)
  • Gardens for Wildlife: Natives over weeds (presented by Hume Council)
  • The Granite Creek Project, Euroa: Community-led & Managed Integrated Rabbit Action (presented by Gecko cLan Network)
  • Chilean Needle Grass Identification and Vehicle Hygiene
  • Organic Weed Control: BioWeed, Benefits and Efficacy
  • Lobed Needle Grass: Identification and Management
  • Victorian Blackberry Taskforce

So rally your neighbours and join us for a day of learning and sharing (Morning Tea and Lunch provided). There are limited tickets available so register quick, more details on the Land Management Forum Flyer

Get your ticket HERE

 See you there

Local Opportunities and Information

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Please find below some local land management and biodiversity opportunities and information that may be of interest, courtesy of Jane Juliff (Landcare Facilitator). As always, please share with your networks and if you have anything you would like to promote to other local groups/community, please feel free to forward to landcare@whittlesea.vic.gov.au.

Managing Serrated Tussock (and other needle grasses) and Artichoke Thistle

At this field day, local research agronomist Charles Grech from Paddock Solutions, will discuss how to control Serrated Tussock and other needle grasses using chemicals and management methods across small and broad scale applications.  He will also give advice on broadleaf weed management with specific advice about the control of artichoke thistle.

Saturday 19 October, 10am-2pm, Darraweit Guim

Further information: Refer to PPWCMA website here

Use of Nest Boxes in Victoria – Arthur Rylah Institute survey results and guides

Increasing our understanding of the number and distribution of nest boxes, use by animals and the level of monitoring.

Further information: refer to website here

Birdlife Australia October E-news

Spring is the time when Australia’s birds are on the move or settling down to nest, so now’s a great time to get out and enjoy our fascinating birdlife, especially by taking part in one of our activities during Bird Week (21–27 October).

Further information: to access the e-news click here

 Grants and Incentive Programs

City of Whittlesea’s Cultural Heritage Grants

Cultural Heritage Grants provide funding of up to $2000 to groups, organisations and individuals to assist in developing projects that promote the local history and cultural heritage of the City of Whittlesea and its residents.

Submissions invited from community groups and organisations who wish to participate in the diverse expression of ‘living heritage’ through events that celebrate, inform and engage the broader community with local history, culture, heritage and traditions.

Applications open – Friday 20 September 2019

Applications close – Monday 21 October 2019

Further information: for information on eligibility and how to apply click here

Melbourne Water Community Grants

Applications for this year’s round of community grants will be open from 2 September to 26 September 2019. Melbourne Water offer grants annually to volunteer community groups to support them to deliver waterway improvements on public land. Community groups can apply for support grants – up to $1,000 and project grants – up to $20,000.

Further information: for information on eligibility and how to apply click here

City of Whittlesea’s Community Development Grants Program 2019/20 Round Two

Grants of up to $5,000 are available to a broad range of not-for-profit community groups to run projects which directly benefit the City of Whittlesea community. Closes Sunday 29 September 2019.

Further information: for information on eligibility and how to apply click here

Sustainable Land Management Rebate Scheme

Applications are now open for the City of Whittlesea’s Sustainable Land Management Rebate Scheme (SLMRS) for the 2019-2021 rating periods.

Properties in the City of Whittlesea in Green Wedge, Green Wedge A and Rural Conservation zones that are at least 8 hectares in size may apply to participate in the scheme. Properties between 8 hectares and 50 hectares can receive a rebate of 20% off the general or farm rate and properties over 50 hectares can receive a rebate of 30%.

Further information: for information on eligibility and how to apply click here

 Environmental Works Grant

City of Whittlesea’s Environmental Works Grant Program is open for applications from 1 September to 30 November 2019. If your property is greater than 2 hectares and zoned for rural land use you are eligible to apply.

Further information: for information on eligibility and how to apply see the attached flyer EWGP2020 or click here

Update: Whittlesea Pest Animal Management (PAM) Program

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Planning continues for seasonal pest animal control as part of the Whittlesea Pest Animal Management (PAM) Program. Here’s what’s happening;

  • Warren mapping was recently completed on 50 private properties, which will greatly assist contractors in determining the scope of rabbit control works,
  • Monitoring of deer and fox numbers along the private property/public boundary of Kinglake National Park is currently underway. Contractors are recording species, numbers and movements, which will help determine the effectiveness of control works on private property for mitigating fox and deer impacts on Kinglake National Park and Mount Disappointment,
  • Deer and fox control will take place prior to Christmas. Property owners within the target areas will be provided further details by both Council and the control contractor in advance of works commencing. For more information on Deer impacts and species identification, read our latest spring Rural News here
  • As per best practice guidelines, rabbit control will commence when numbers are at their lowest (late-summer/early autumn). More details on Integrated Rabbit Control can be found in the winter edition of Rural News here.

Neighbouring landowners are encouraged to work together, continuing their annual pest animal monitoring and control programs to ensure that assistance from the PAM project results in the most effective reduction in pest animal impacts. For more information, contact the PAM project lead Katherine.whittaker@whittlesea.vic.gov.au

This project has been funded by the Victorian Government’s Biodiversity Response Planning program and is helping to ensure that Victoria’s natural environment is healthy, valued and actively cared for.

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Winter Rural News now online

The latest edition of Rural News is now available to download from our Blog.

In this edition learn about running an effective integrated rabbit control program, financial support for rural landowners, ripping to break up compacted soil prior to revegetation, the dangers of grazing too heavily following autumn rains, and how you can be involved in shaping Whittlesea’s water future.

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All rural landowners in Whittlesea will receive a copy in the mail. Contact Mark Williams (mark.williams@whittlesea.vic.gov.au, or call 9217-2471) to receive a hard copy.

New Deer Mapping Resource in FeralScan

Many of our rural landholders have expressed interest in monitoring Deer impacts on their properties which will assist with upcoming targeted Deer control programs in the north east of the municipality. Read more about Councils Pest Animal Management Program in Rural News here and in a November blog post here. Please see below updates from the FeralScan team:

FeralScan can now be used to record deer in your local area.

Throughout 2018, we received feedback from many community-groups and landholders about deer populations and the problems they are causing, including browsing damage to orchards, damage to vineyards and gardens, grazing pressure on farms, damage to revegetation programs, damage to fences and farm infrastructure, and motor vehicle collisions (a serious risk to human safety).

In response to this, we have recently developed the DeerScan community resource (available within FeralScan, and via https://hes32-ctp.trendmicro.com:443/wis/clicktime/v1/query?url=https%3a%2f%2fwww.deerscan.org.au&umid=2168678b-1ba7-4889-bbbe-85226593faf1&auth=5c8878f5a6627512371ed70e7aaa571aa249563a-bc2b11732742cab31b417a99d2902d6fab8f7e58 to provide you with a method to easily report sighting and problems with deer. You can record information about any of the 6 deer species currently in Australia, and this information can be supplied to local biosecurity authorities to help with deer management. If you would like to report deer problems, please use the FeralScan website (https://www.feralscan.org.au/), or download the updated App onto your smartphone. Information you record about deer in your local area will be managed securely and discretely. Please visit the website to find out more.

Lastly, on behalf of the FeralScan team, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy new year. It has been a great pleasure working with you throughout 2018. Thank you for your ongoing support and contribution to FeralScan – which now contains over 125,000 records and photographs of pest animals. This information is helping communities and local organisations to reduce the problems caused by pest animals through coordinated best-practice pest management.

Best wishes 

Peter West and the FeralScan Team

Any information you can contribute will help to manage this species.

 

Funding Opportunity: Deer, Fox, Rabbit Control

Got a rabbit problem? Join the club.

Deer made themselves at home on your block? You’re not alone.

Fox patrolling your place at night? We’re listening.

Council is showing it’s support for landowners by rolling out a 3-year pest animal management program, funded with the support of the Victorian Government. You may have read all about it in our latest Spring edition of the Rural Newsletter, which can be found here.

If you’d like to see on-ground action, we want to hear from you and your neighbours. Tell us what your pest animal issue is, what you’re currently doing and/or how you’d like to get involved in the program.

Jane and Katherine from the Land Management and Biodiversity Team will host a community drop-in session next week, where you can come at any time to chat about the project. There’ll be plenty of information on pest animals, control options, monitoring and the project area. Details below, we look forward to seeing you then.

What: Community Drop-in Session, Pest Animal Management program

Where: Church Street Park, Church Street Whittlesea,

When: Wednesday 5 December from 9:30am

Landcare Grants Available

National Landcare Program – Smart Farms Small Grants – open for application

The Australian Government is inviting organisations through an open competitive process to apply for the National Landcare Program – Smart Farms Small Grants

The program aims to protect, conserve and provide for the productive use of Australia’s water, soil, plants and animals and the ecosystems in which they live and interact, in partnership with industry, communities and other governments.

Applications close at 11:30 pm AEDT on 11 January 2019.

For further information about eligibility and how to apply, go to the Grant Round Application page.
Information about applying for this funding round can also be found on GrantConnect.

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